Table of Contents. . .
GEN Vandegrift . . .
Executive Officer . .
Chief Petty Officers
Combat Systems . . .
Ports of Call
Odds and Ends
GE ERAL A.A. VANDEGRIFT, USMC
Alexander A. Vandegrift was born on March 13, 1887, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Attending the University
of Virginia, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1909. In 1912, Vandegrift
participated in the capture of Coyotepe, Nicaragua, and two years later in the occupation of Veracruz,
Mexico. He also served aboard the USS MINNESOTA, USS VIRGINIA, USS DELAWARE, and USS
CHESTER until ordered to Haiti in 1915 for action against the Cacos Bandits. For service in Haiti, where he
continued to serve in various capacities until 1923, the President of the Republic of Haiti awarded him their
Distinguished Service Medal and the Haitian Medaille Melitaire with one Silver Star. The following 18 years
were spent in various posts and stations in the United States with the exception of two tours in China.
In 1942 Vandegrift sailed to the South Pacific as Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division and led
his men to the initial landing of the U.S. Forces against the japanese at Guadalcanal. For this action on
August 1942, he was awarded the Navy Cross. Later Vandegrift was awarded the Congressional Medal of
Honor. The citation reads, "For outstanding and heroic accomplishments above and beyond the call of duty
as Commanding Officer of the First Marine Division in operations against the enemy japanese forces in the
Solomon Islands during the period August 7, 1942 to December 9, 1942. With the adverse factors of weather,
terrain and disease making his task a difficult and hazardous undertaking, and with his command eventually
including sea, land and air forces to the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, Major General Vandegrift achieved
marked success in commanding the initial landings of the United States Forces in the Solomon Islands and in
their subsequent occupation. His tenacity, courage and resourcefulness prevailed against a strong, determined
and experienced enemy, and the gallant fighting spirit of the men under his inspiring leadership enabled them
to withstand aerial, land and sea bombardment, to surmount all obstacles and leave a disorganized and
ravaged enemy. This dangerous but vital mission, accomplished at the constant risk of his life, resulted in
securing a valuable base for further operations of our forces against the enemy, and its successful completion
reflects great credit upon Major General Vandegrift, his command and the United States Naval Service."
With the successful conclusion of the Solomon Island campaign, Vandegrift assumed command injuly of
1943 of the 1st Marine Amphibious Corps and directed the initial landing at Empress Augusta Bay,
' On january 1, 1945, Vandegrift was appointed General, the first active duty Marine Officer to reach four
star rank. For guiding the Marine Corps through the final years of the war and the demobilization that
followed, Vandegrift received the Distinguished Service Medal. This citation reads in part, "for exceptional
meritorious service to the Government of the United States in a duty of great responsibility as Commander of
the United States Marine Corps from january 1, 1944 to june 30, 1946. General Vandegrift exerCiSCCl
extraordinary foresight, initiative and judgment in directing the policies and organization of the Corps. A
leader of uncompromising integrity and indefatigable energies, General Vandegrift upheld and quickened the
incomparable esprit de corps of his command and developed such a level of combat efficiency to be end that
the enemy was overwhelmed by the Marine Wherever met."
In December 1947 he left active duty and was placed on the retired list in April of 1949. General Vandegrift
died at Bethesda, Maryland, May 8, 1973 at the age of 86.
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USS VANDEGRIFT is the 42 Oliver Hazard Perry
class frigate. She was built by Todd Pacific Shipyard
Corporation of Seattle, Washington. Her keel was
laid 13 October 1981. She was launched 15 October
1982 and commissioned 24 November 1984. She has
been awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation, Armed
Forced Expeditionary Medal, and three Sea Service
Ribbons for her performance through one world
cruise and two Middle East Force deployments.
CDR Christopher H Johnson
Cdr. Johnson is a 1970 graduate of Stanford University, where he earned
Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering. He was a member
of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps while at Stanford and at
graduation was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy.
Cdr. Johnson's first three assignments were at sea. He served as Assis-
tant Electronics Officer onboard USS BON HOMME RICHARD QCVA-313,
Combat information Center Officer in USS COOK QFF-10831, and as Aide
and Flag Lieutenant to Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group Five. These
assignments involved duty off the coast of Vietnam, a circumnavigation of
South America, and operations throughout the Far East. From 1975 to
1978 Cdr. Johnson was assigned shore duty in San Diego at the Operation-
al Test arid Evaluation Force, Pacific. Here he participated in testing Navy
satellite communications systems and electronic warfare weapons. In 1978
Cdr. Johnson returned to sea duty, serving consecutive tours as Operations
Officer in USS ENGLAND CCG-229, Navigator of Liss NEWIJERSEY IBB-
62J, and Executive Officer Iin USS RAMSEY CFFG-23. These assignments
involved operations in the Indian Ocean and Far East, and participation in
USSNEW JERSEYfS deployment off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon. I
. Cdr. Johnson comes to VANDEGRIFT from the Pentagonwherehe
served on the staffof the Chief of Naval Operations QOP-956jO76j and was
involved in analyzing Navy policies in electronic warfare and space sys-
tems. I I . I I
Cdr. Johnson's wife, Stephanie, is a native of San Diego, California. They
have a son, Daniel, who is three years old. They now make their home in
Garden Grove. . .
Cdr. Johnson's personal decorations include the Legion of Merit and the
Meritorious Service Medal.
Cdr. Johnson has commanded VANDEGRIFT since April of 1989.
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Father and Son together at last. Another soft landing?
LCDR Thomas R. Andress
Lieutenant Commander Andress is a I978 graduate of Pennsylvania State University. where he
received a Bachelor's Degree in Science. He was a member of the Naval Officer Training Corps
and at graduation was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy.
Lieutenant Commander Andress completed his initial sea tour onboard USS EDSON CDD-9463 as
Gunnery Officer, Fire Control Officer, Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and First Lieutenant.
During the assignment. EDSON was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for service as
the Atlantic Fleet Engineering School Ship, and also completed extensive operations in the
Caribbean. From l982 to l985. Lieutenant Commander Andress was assigned to Fleet Training
Corps, Guantanamo Bay. Cuba, where he served as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and as
Training Liaison Officer for United States Navy, Coast Guard, and foreign navy ships undergoing
Refresher Training. He was designated a Master Training Specialist for Anti-Submarine Warfare
by the Commander of the Atlantic Fleet Training Command.
Returning to shipboard duty in l986, Lieutenant Commander Andress reported to the Pre-
Commissioning Unit for RODNEY M. DAVIS QFFG-605 as prospective Combat Systems Officer.
Following commissioning in l987 and shakedown, the ship transferred to Seventh Fleet and
shifted its homeport to Yokosuka, Japan. Following completion of a deployment to the Arabian
Gulf, RODNEY M. DAVIS participated in an unprecedented port visit to Shanghai, China. Lieuten-
ant Commander Andress reported to USS VANDEGRIFT CFFG-483 as Executive Officer in De-
cember of I989.
Lieutenant Commander Andress' personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal
and Navy Achievement Medal. His wife, Krystal, is a native of Glenside, Pennsylvania. They have
a daughter, Lauren, who is seven years old. They currently reside in Garden Grove, California.
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LT K. Oukrup
LT D. Young
CWO2 D. Cornelison
LT Bachmann chats with a merchant during Desert
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LTJG G. Rasor LT D. Reese LTJG C. Sison
ENS M. Zimmerman
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LTJG G. Melvin LTJG A. Oropeza
LT Mee waits patiently.
Right: The "Stache Brothers" pose during a
refueling off of what was then Kuwait.
Below: Larry, Mo, and Curly pose as the ship
sails through the San Bernardino Straits.
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LT Fuka looks on as LTJ G Melvin does his impression of a war craze s .
Iraqi merchant. the flight deck-
It's another meeting in the wardroom and the LT James poses in front of a Saudi ship con-
enthusiasm is beginning to ebb. ducting exercises with us.
LT Oukrup enjoys the sun and 7-Up while
modeling the latest fashion of hats.
Above: Caught RED-HANDED. LCDR Crum
returns from the shipls store with a "snack,"
Left: New FSA's? LT Bechter and LT Nixon
celebrate their approaching departure.
Chief Pett Cfficers
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BMC CSWJ Cox smiles proudly after driving
over another dhow.
AEC Beans consults with AX1 Wick
EMCS CSWJ Shane and EM2 Innes stand a
vigilant watch in CCS.
EMC CSWJ Sarich posts up the
leadership philosophy that made
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QMCM CSWJ T. Parks
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EMC CSWJ M. Sarich
EMCS QSWJ C. Shane
FCC QSWJ J. Thomas
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STG3 J. Miller
STG3 S. Redmond
STG2 M. Roland
STG3 K. Sparks
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Mom!" from beautiful Ras-Al Khaiman.
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IC3 C. Crockett
IC2 N. Cruz
ET1 D. Dowty
ET3 S. Flusche
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IC1 D. Hawkins
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Our bronze fighting machine SN Williams
does his best Rambo impression
GMM1 Jones has that itchy finger after our
friend Saddam delayed his return home
Working or hiding GMG2 Loos was always at
home in his armory.
Top The gang IS hanging out at
steel beach waiting for the babes
Above GMM3 McMichael tells SN
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FC3 K. Brigham
GMG3 M. Emrick
FC1 K. Frank
FC3 R. Garrick
FCSN R. Heeren
FC2 D. Adams
GMM1 T. Jones
GMG2 J. Loos
GMM3 K. McMichael
SN J. Proctor
FC3 P. Randolph
FC2 T. Schander
FC3 M. Shoemaker
GMGSN C. Stringfield
FC1 J. Tackett
GMM3 S. Weber
SN J. Williams
EM3 D. Aguillera
EN1 L. Aragonnes
EN2 A. Babcock
EMFA E. Branham
EN3 L. Breazeale
EN3 H. Carr
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EN2 T. Farrell
EMFN M. Galang
EM2 M. Innes
EMFA S. Jernigan
EM1 S. Martin
EN2 E. Mendez
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and flash gear during a General Quarters drill.
4 Left: EN2 Penz and FN Plumley stand by
during a refueling evolution.
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c t , Today Steel Beach, tomorrow Venice Beach.
FN Doherty converses with the
bridge and CCS about the status
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Main Propulsion Division
FN Riegle is welcomed back into the
division after his time as an FSA by
cleaning the space prior to a zone
GSM2 S. Barker
GSE3 A. Bituin
GSE2 A. Hoffman
GSM2 CSWJ S. Hubbartt
GSM3 A. Ibanez
GSM2 F. Laryea
GSM3 D. Moore
GSM2 P. Moreno
Left: GSM2 Laryea sneaks into the
HT shop to get some work done.
Below: GSM2 Moreno and FN Rie-
gle are able to smile inspite of the
heat because Aux 2 is finally clean,
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GSMFN S. Ruhr
GSMFA I. Sare
GSM2 J. Seamons
GSE2 D. Spann
GSM1 B. Stacy
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ing plant-CCS. At this time it is in the capable
hands of GSMC KSWJ Julian and EM2 Farber
"Sunlight! Is this what it looks like? Let me sit
down and think about it?"
Above: GSM2 Barker, a guru finding true one-
ness through meditation on his mount.
Right: Even after four months in the Persian
Gulf, GSM2 Hubbartt still does not look like
Damage Control DIVIS
HT2 QSWJ G. Boober
DC3 R. Dehoyos
DCFN S. Gillis
MR1 QSWD E. Hare
DC2 CSWD R. Myricks
HT2 B. Scripter
DC3 J. Warren
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B113 G. Herring
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B312 D. Mmlow
SX A. Martinez
SA E. Mathis
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This group of 23 sailors provides a variety of skills and talents.
Daily they work to keep the ship looking smart and the deck gear
functioning. Underway they drive the ship and stand watch as
look outs. During special evolutions such as anchoring, underway
replenishment, flight, and boat ops they provide the men and the
Far left SN Wallis models his beloved
Left: SN Galang hides in the shade.
Above: Not your average bridge team.
SN P. Michel
BMSN J. Miller
SA B. Morrobelcanelo
BM3 E. Piel
SA G. Piper
SR T. Plummer
SN D. Radich
BM1 QSWJ D. Salcedo
mf SA c. Smith
SN T. Virasingh
SN T. wauis
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QM3 S. Blackwell
SM3 R. Gable
SM2 T. Gussick
QM2 W. Harris
QMSA C. Hawkins
SMSR I. Jones
QM2 J. Stark
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"Dogs and Burgers" at steel beach.
SM1 Martin tries to signal a passing tanker.
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OSICSSJ T. Barr
OS1 C. Brown
OSSA T. Cloud
OSSN R. Deleo
EW3 J. Gunn
OS2 A. Hardesty
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OS2 K. Newberry
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in being a radioman? Below: RM2 Bullock says
goodbye to his wife Audrey.
RM2 M. Brador
RMSN C. Bryant
RM2 P. Bullock
RM3 C. Castro
RM1 H. Fellows
RMSN K. Grant
RMSN C. Johnson
RM1 N. Martin
RM3 R. Minchew
RM3 F. Ramirez
RM3 R. Weaver
Supply and Support Division
ET2 Motor: Mess Deck MAA or Slave Driver?
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he gun decked his DC PMS.
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MS3 R. Auck
MA1 M. Ball
MSSA K. Franklin
HN S. Hudson
DK1 M. Ignacio
MS2 J. Liggins
PN3 J. Maraschin
MSSN T. McKay
MS2 L. Mitchell
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enjoys watching wax dry.
Right: With smiles like these,
should someone do an audit?
Below: The Brain Trust.
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HM1 Boldin is presented the Navy Achieve-
ment Medal by VADM Mauz.
MSCS CSWJ Mulder and LT Young take a break between flight quarters.
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hrs lucky shirt?
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Ways a deck Seaman.
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just didn't listen."
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The Gidunk God, SH3 McCallister.
lJISSN Franklin demonstrates his culinary
ft's midnight in Thailand. Do you know where
Jour children are?
DK1 Ignacio enjoys one of the simpler plea PC3 Schauberger endures the heat while keep
sures of shipboard life ing the Conning Officer up to date
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AE3 R. Patterson AX3 M. Peterson AMS3 GOODWIN STANDS TALL IN FRONT
Rlght LT Jara takes some time off to hang out
with his men
Below LT Reese looks on as Ocean Lord
comes in for another landing
3E3.Patterson works on the helo in his casual
erslan Gulf attire.
LT Hughes stands in front of his favorite AZ3 Gross plays some computer games while
street in Phuket, Thailand. attempting to look busy.
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Above: AD3 Granados takes a moment to relax by
the side of his rack.
Right: AX3 Peterson shows how proud he is of the
mess he made with the parts from Ocean Lord 25.
Above: AW3 Jensen tries to prove that he has
a httle technical expertise.
Right: AMS3 Goodwin and AE2 Weeks sit
back,'have a smoke, and swap stories about the
last hberty port,
Left: Exactly how many people can you fit in
the back of a helicopter anyway?
Below: AD2 Godinez and AD3 Granados relax i
on the flight deck for a couple of minutes.
AMS3 Goodwin shows why the guys call him LT Hughes congratulates A
the "Bug Eater."
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Families and friends huddle on the flight deck
before starting our epic journey.
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Depart Long Beach I6 March
Pearl Harbor, HI 2I-23 March
Subic Bay, RP 5-9 April
Singapore I2-I5 April
Phuket, Thailand I 7-2l April
Columbo, Sri Lanka 24 April
Bahrain 25 days between I Ma y-4 September
Ras Al Kh3lm3hfDUb3l UAE I3 I7 May
.luball Saudi Arabia 28 3l May
Columbo Srl Lanka I2 September
Hong Kong 20 23 September
Pearl Harbor HI 6 October
Return to Long Beach I2 October
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l Motor play a friendly
1 game of pool.
VADM Mauze visits for lunch
and presentation of awards.
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ow the clubs
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lady prays in the Chinese temple. Right: Crowds gather to go into
the Hindu temple.
U-1-R3 DK1 Ignacio, SH1 Papa, and PC3 Schauberger enjoy a Chinese meal
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plantl during tour of the city. Middle: EM1 Mar- i
l il tin takes a picture of fellow crew member's acro-
batics on the water park slide.
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Singapore. Right: Don't the police have anything better to doo
poses next to a statue of a lion symbol f
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new frlend Mlddle ET3 W1111s
prepares to go paI'aSa11lI'lg
Above LT Young looks down on
the beautlful beach of Patong
"You want another drink?"
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Clockwise from upper left: Patong Beach. BM3 Dean - A Navy Recruit-
ing Poster. Do you think that LTJ G Sison is relaxed after his massage on
the beach? ET3 Martinez, PN3 Maraschin, ET2 Lumpkin, and STG3
Redmond celebrate the night.
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LT Oukrup stand in front of one of many gold
shops. Middle: ENS Ague asks, "Pistachios
Above: On the road
to Dubai. Right:
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ner. Americans living
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invited Sailors from
our ship for a night of
home cooking and
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many including the
group at left, it was the
highlight of our stay.
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Gross enjoy the "fishing" trip
aboard a dhow similar to the one
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Cfazyl Below: RM2 Bullock shows them
how 1t's done.
The Engineers vs. The Helo Det.
EN2 Farrell and DCCKSWJ Williams match up against AW3 Jensen and LT
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source of evening entertainment.
Above: A street in the Suq, market area.
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Kowloon. Middle: The ferry to Kow-
Above: BM3 Aviles and EN3 Breazeale call home
Below: Manning the Rails.
Operatlons 1n the Persian Gulf
Escorting tankers like these was one of many
missions we fulfilled both before and after the
Refueling at Sea requires help from many peo-
ple regardless of rate.
ET2 Lumpkin and DS2 Stern confer on
whether ET3 Willis is using the Pl'0Pel' tech'
In the peaceful waters off of Kuwait, a refuel-
ing barge fills up the tanks.
Below: Conducting exercises with HMAS PARAMATA. Right: ENS Follo main
tains comms with the helo during flight quarters from helo control.
Above: GSM2 Searnons fires the 40mm gun during Security Defense
Force Trammg- Rlghti conducting exercises with Royal Saudi Naval l
The whole group with their sponS0rS-
So this is the bridge.
Discovering how they are able to put Ocean
, Lord into the hanger.
Tom Gilchriese takes a look at things from
the Captainls Chair.
Stan Gable is still working on getting his
sea legs, but until then . . .
Steel Beach Picnic
BM2 Anderson shows off his world famous
MS1 Cote can't stave off the spike.
The game is heating up down on the beach
while others look on.
Faces in the Crowd
Clockwise from upper
right: Which way did he
go? DS2 Stern and DS3
Rucker head in opposite
directions. HMIQSWD Bol-
din does the balancing act
While EWIKSWD Smith
keeps an eye on the game.
FN Cline puts on his best
bathing suit in an attempt
to forget where he actual-
ly is. SN Williams thinks
he is doing a Coca-cola
commercial, "Have a Coke
and a smile."
Caught slacking off. LTJG Sison grabs
some food, stuffs his face, and runs off
while others from the wardroom slave
over the hot coals.
lt's all a matter of concentration.
FCICSWD Frank sets While BMICSWP
Salcedo, LTJG Rasor, and BM2 Mar-
10W lay odds on which direction it will
SM3 Gable looks on in amazement asm
GMM1 Pease reaches for the ball but comes IC3 Crockett responds to the opposing team FCUSWD Frank does his impression of adam,
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traditional burgers and dogs while GSM1fSWl
Murphy Cabovej fries up some chicken.
Home At Last
Family, friends, loved ones, and media gather
on the flight deck to celebrate our long await-
ed home coming.
The sign we all wanted to see.
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LTJ G Oropeza holds his son Marco as his wife
Irma looks on.
ET3 Flusche poses with his girlfriend.
RMI Martin is welcomed home by hiS wife
LTJG Melvin gives an interview
while holding Ken, "The Mon-
ster," for the first time.
Even cleaning up behind other people can't keep OSSA Cloud and
MSSA Franklin from smiling.
Right PN3 Maraschm takes time out from watch to chat with his glrlfnend Above LT
James gives ETC Johnson some reassurance while the media waits
Some Odds and
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The Captain's chair.
GMG2 Loos receives a Letter of Commendation.
BM2 Ekern helps "tack on" GMG3 Emrick's crow so it won't fall off.
EM1 Martin is congratulated by the Captain.
The Captain presents FC2 Schander with his Good Conduct Medal
"As you depart the Persian Gulf and head for home
and a well deserved reunion with family and friends,
you take both our appreciation for a job well done and
our respect for outstanding service to the Middle East
Your shining performance in this difficult environ-
ment, attention to operational procedures, ability as
Force Anti-Air Warfare Commander, and responsive-
ness in the rapidly changing circumstances following
the invasion of Kuwait displayed the hallmark of a well-
crafted team of dedicated professionals. Your versatil-
ity as a key member of our interception force was ex-
ceptional. The good will and diplomacy displayed by
VANDEGRlFT'S crew during your port visits were of the
highest caliber. Your tenacity, flexibility, and self-suffi-
ciency during your extended stay were particularly
noteworthy. We wish you a safe and swift homeward
transit. Well done."
William M. Fogarty
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
Commander, Middle East Force
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